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(p. 154) Cognitive theory 

(p. 154) Cognitive theory
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(p. 154) Cognitive theory
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Myra Cooper

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780192632654.003.0008
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date: 06 July 2020

The first part of this chapter introduces cognitive psychology and important trends that are relevant to bulimia nervosa (BN). Part two describes initial accounts of cognitive features in BN. This includes descriptions of weight- and shape-related attitudes and beliefs. Part three summarizes the current state of cognitive theories of BN. The main cognitive (or cognitive-behavioural) theory of BN that currently exists is presented in some detail. New developments in theory that are relevant to BN are also outlined. This is followed by an account of a revised model. Part four highlights some of the issues raised by cognitive psychology, and the newer cognitive psychotherapies, which require further investigation in BN, and may need to be integrated into existing theory.

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